Best 100 Wedding the WORLD!

Added on by Ian Weldon.

I'm not really a list or awards kind of guy, but I can't deny that being included alongside some long admired and truly amazing photographers, has put a bit of a spring in my step. Not because I've been included on a list, but because what I do has been recognised and accepted as part of an industry that seems to only follow what's 'in vogue' at the moment.

I don't follow trends and fads, it's about the photography. It's always been about the photography. I don't understand how photographers can get some swanky branding, attend a workshop to emulate another photographer, and then be able to sleep at night. Safe in the knowledge that their product has no substance.

X Factor photography I like to call it. Reward with no achievement, fame with no hard work. Everyone wants to be famous and their role models are only famous for being famous. It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world, for sure.

Advice I give to anyone that asks, is to work hard. Study and practice. It's the only way you're ever going to find out who you are as a photographer.

When I was learning to sing (I still haven't by the way) I was told to never judge my singing voice until I'd actually found it. How can you know what your singing voice sounds like if you're not actually singing yet. I still don't know, because I still can't sing. I can shout on a bit, copy some other singers a bit, but I can't actually sing.

Anyone taking up photography needs to understand this. How can you know what your photography will look like if you aren't be able to use your instrument as though it's part of you.

You can check out the list, HERE!. Get yourself a cuppa, there's some amazing work that'll delight your eyeballs.....

Hurray for lists!

Anna & Ben - The McQueen Family Home, Hutton Rugby

Added on by Ian Weldon.

I've documented so many great weddings this year already it'd be hard to say which was my favourite.

Should I have favourites? Well, it's inevitable, with each one having it's own merits for individuality some will subscribe to my mind set more than others.

I think that this wedding has just nudged into first place. 

Anna & Ben are cool - even though it was 35º and barely a cloud in the sky - laid back and two of the nicest people I've ever met. Their families and friends were warm and welcoming and I truly could have been a guest. 

From the subtlety of Anna's Wedding Dress to the endless entertainment the detail shone through to produce one hell of a party, and their guests certainly stepped up to the challenge. 

If you're a football or music fan you're probably going to spot some familiar faces too.

Jolly good show.

the dress -

the banjo guy -

the brass band -

Steph & Gary - Crook Hall, Durham

Added on by Ian Weldon.

Don't you just love it when you book a Wedding, become friends with the Bride & Groom, you go out for drinks, you go to their house, they come to your house, you also become friends with their family & friends, you go on the stag do and your girlfriend goes on the hen do, you get a mention in the speech (well, that's a given), they have their reception at their house, you're automatically invited, your girlfriend is too, and you have to get a taxi home because you've drank far too may 8% Belgian beers. 

Yeah, me too.

But now I've been paid for my services, that's it Steph & Gary. It's over.

Kidding. Not kidding. Kidding.

Sarah & James - Allerton Castle, York

Added on by Ian Weldon.

Photographing a Wedding is like a day off for me. I don't have to think about anything other than making photographs.

No emailing, invoicing, accounts, estimates, editing, processing or tiding my office. And I don't get any anxiety about not doing that stuff because I can't be anywhere apart from where I am. Even then I'm not thinking about anything, I'm just going with the flow, and sometimes I'm genuinely surprised by the results.

You see, all of the study, the understanding and analysing is done before, and after the wedding. From the first press of the shutter to the last press of the shutter it's a bit of a blur, an intuitive and spontaneous blur, that over the years has become more and more refined. And because of that refinement I find myself meeting people like Sarah & James.

Two of the most grounded and nicest people I think I've ever met.

From singing Beatles songs at their ceremony, to the hilarious best men speech, to the late night dancing, there was a lot of love at Allerton Castle that day. 

I know it's a bit of a cliché to say that it's an honour to be able to do what I do and to be invited into peoples lives on their wedding day, but sometimes it really is. 

Kim & Tim - South Causey Inn

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You could swap any of the letters in their names and it would still be Tim & Kim, or Kim & Tim, which ever way you fancy.

Laid back, funny and not too concerned about all things weddingy. There was even some swearing during the ceremony.